Betezy has since been re-branded as BetEasy, which was launched in September 2014 with a brand new interface.
The following is an in-depth review of the betting agency Betezy. This review covers the history, features, interface, sports & racing markets, upsides and downsides of the service.
This review is part of our comprehensive Bookmaker Reviews section. The Betting Agencies page provides information and reviews for other sports betting agencies that are suitable for Australians. The following details are updated periodically to keep them up to date.
History, Location and Licence
Betezy is a Northern Territory licensed bookmaker with an office in Sydney. It is marketed as being Australia’s largest 100% Australian owned bookmaker. The Betezy domain was launched in 2005 by the bookmaker A. Kay, trading as AK Racing. Prior to that AK Racing used the domain bestoddsbet.com, which was launched in 2003. Betezy has had a chequered past, having previously come under investigation by the Northern Territory Licensing Commission and the ATO. In March 2014 it was reported that Matthew Tripp – a former owner of Sportsbet, had purchased the assets of Betezy. It is rumoured that he will re-brand it along with a couple other operators as Beteasy.3
Betezy is very much focused on the Australian market with only Australian dollar accounts offered. The website is only available in English with decimal odds. Betezy is an approved betting partner with the AFL, NRL, Cricket Australia and tennis Australia.
Betezy is marketed through numerous sponsorships. At the time of writing Betezy sponsors the Grafton GRC, Maitland Greyhounds, the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club, the Nowra GRC, Harness Racing SA, Sandringham FC (VFL), Box Hill Hawks (VFL), Tuggeranong Hawks (NEAFL), Melbourne FC (AFL), Gold Coast Titans (NRL) and the Eastern Suburbs RUFC.
Services and Features
|Deposit options||Credit card, bank transfer, cheque, Skrill/Moneybookers, BPAY, POLi 2|
|Withdrawal options||Bank wire, Skrill/Moneybookers|
|Minimum deposit||$10 for most methods|
|Minimum withdrawal||$10 for most methods|
|Minimum bet||$1.00 for online wagers. For telephone betting the minimums are $10 for racing bets and $50 for sports bets|
|Maximum bet/payout||The maximum win per client on any one race is $20,000 for gallops and $7,000 for greyhounds and harness. All multiple bets are subject to a maximum win of 250 times the bet or wager.|
|Deposit turnover requirements||None that we’re aware of|
|Bonus credit turnover requirements||3x at odds of 2.00 or more|
|Bookmaker margin||Betezy was not included in our most recent bookmaker margin survey|
|Credit facilities||Credit betting is available|
|Forbidden Jurisdictions||None officially stated|
|Mobile betting||A mobile version of the website is available. Apps are available for Apple and Android devices.|
|Identity checks||New account holders must send in a form along with a copy of photo ID showing your date of birth and current address. This form can be sent in by mail, email or fax. Submission is required within 90 days of your first deposit and must be completed before any withdrawal requests are made.|
|Dormant account fees||None that we’re aware of|
|Support||Email, phone (1800 number), fax and live chat.|
Betting Interface and Website Layout
The Betezy interface uses the ubiquitous three-column layout with sports listed on the left, markets and odds in the centre and the betting slip on the right. While it is functional, it lacks the wow factor of more Flash-driven interfaces such as bet365. The entire page appears to refresh after selecting a market or adding a selection to the betting slip, however the refresh is almost instantaneous, so it doesn’t slow down site navigation too much.
When selecting a sport, the centre odds column displays head-to-head and draw odds for upcoming fixtures. Next to each event is a ‘View Event’ link, which lists all available markets for the selected events. Unlike other websites, Betezy doesn’t display the number of markets per event, which is an inconvenient drawback as you have to manually click on a fixture to see how much is available.
The betting slip is arguably the weakest aspect of the interface. If you add more than one selection the system automatically assumes you are trying to create a multi bet. If you wish to submit numerous single bets you have to add one item to the slip and then submit the bet prior to adding another selection. Also, exotic multi betting is not currently supported.
Overall, the Betezy interface looks out-of-date compared to the leading bookmakers. It is currently the biggest weakness of this service.
Betezy was not included our most recent bookmaker margin survey, but based on observation, the odds are in line with the leading Australian bookmakers. During the review we observed the following margins:
AFL head-to-heads: 5.2%
NRL head-to-heads: 4.2%
Super Rugby head-to-heads: 4.7%
AFL and NRL lines: 5.0%
Betezy offers markets on a broad selection of sports, however the depth of markets per event is not as great as the largest Australian-licensed bookmakers. While the NRL and AFL are well covered, only five markets were offered per Super Rugby fixture at the time of review. For international events Betezy is much more on par with other bookmakers. A broad selection of international football leagues are catered for, as are the major American sporting codes, although for the most part only head-to-head markets are offered.
Horse racing, harness and greyhound betting is available for tracks across Australia and the UK.
A key feature of the Betezy racing site is the ability to lay horses, much like you would with a betting exchange. Lay betting involves tipping a horse to lose rather than win.
For each day’s racing the types of betting offered for each race (fixed odds, tote, etc.) are listed below the start time. When viewing today’s races the result order (i.e. 8-2-7) are listed for concluded events. Clicking on a concluded event provides the full race results. We really like this feature as it is more convenient than having to navigate to a separate results page as with many other bookmakers.
When you make a selection for a race a pop-up betting form is displayed using a dynamic, Flash-driven interface, which is in complete contrast to the rest of the website.
For tote betting you can select the best of Unitab, NSW Tab and Supertab. Win, eachway and place selections are available for most races. For horse racing Quinella, Exacta, Trifecta and First Four bet types are also offered, along with Quadrellas. For selected events ‘Field Against’ wagers are available which enable you to lay a selection.
Update: Betezy have launched a Best Tote Plus (BT+) product, which pays the best win dividend of all three TABs (S-TAB, NSW TAB, TATTS) or the on-course official bookmaker Starting Price. Customers now receive BT+ automatically when betting on Australian gallops races.
While it isn’t the prettiest interface we’ve seen, the Betezy racing interface is highly functional, however one downside of having separate sports and racing betting slips is you can’t combine sports and racing selections into multis.
Live Sports Betting
Due to Australia’s Interactive Gambling Act 1, live online betting is not available for Australians. Australian customers must phone in to bet live. Betezy’s live sports betting line up is limited, with only NRL, AFL and NFL available at the time of review. If live online sports betting is what you’re after, be sure to check out our survey of betting agencies that offer live online betting.
- Generous first deposit bonuses
- The free bet bonus can be used as separate wagers rather than wagered in one hit
- Lay betting on selected horse racing events
- Frequent betting promotions
- Self-exclusion and deposit limit features
- Daily free “Pick the Winners” racing competition, with daily prizes up to $100,000
- No online in-play betting (due to Australian law)1
- You receive an account number rather than a username to log in, which is inconvenient if you can’t remember your number.
- Dated sports betting interface with limited multi betting functionality
- Betting selection not as deep as the leading Australian bookmakers
- Very basic help section
We get the impression that the primary focus of Betezy is race betting rather than sports betting. Their daily betting competition is racing related, the race betting interface is more advanced than the sports betting interface, lay betting is only available on horse racing, oh, and the logo features a horseshoe! With that being said, their offering of sports betting markets is improving all the time. We’re just hoping the sports betting functionality will be upgraded sometime soon. By far the biggest drawcard of Betezy is its generous first deposit bonuses. We like the fact that for first deposits between $100 and $500 you don’t have to wager your bonus funds in one hit. Also, high rollers will love the 100% first deposit bonus credit offer up to $5,000.
Notes and Sources
- 1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interactive_Gambling_Act
- 2 POLi facilitates online bank transfers that are acknowledged by the bookmaker instantly. This enables you to log into your banking provider, transfer money to the bookmaker, and place bets immediately.
- 3 http://www.smh.com.au/business/tripp-buys-betezy-to-take-on-sportsbet-20140305-3474e.html